Earlier this week, I posted on my cabinet pantry. You can read about it HERE.
This week, let’s concentrate on making over our pantries, regardless of whether they are in a closet or within cabinets.
If you do have a closet pantry, you can also read HERE about how I organized my friends pantry last year. It is pictured below.
1. The first step to organizing the pantry is to get everything out of the pantry. Yes, everything. This will allow you to think fresh about new ways of storing your items.
2. Secondly, create 4 piles. One pile for expired (trash) items, another pile for unopened items that can be donated (like the 4 cans of cranberry sauce that you buy as a backup just in case your recipe for the fresh one fails), a pile of daily used items, and lastly, a pile of rarely used items.
3. Clean your shelves and allow them to dry before placing items back inside.
4. Look for baskets or containers around the house that you can use to unite like-items. Below, I have a picture of one of my bins that holds asian condiments.
5. Finally, re-stock your pantry.
A pretty label never hurts. If you decide to containerize items by type, add a label.
Turntables are great because everything is viewable with a simple turn. There are different sizes, so be sure to take measurements before purchasing.
In the picture below, I have a large one towards the back and a smaller one right in front. This way I still have space to place the boys’ cereal beside the turntable.
Stackable bins are great to put towards the back of deep cabinet with large items such as canning jars. I purchased these at Target.
Canning can take up a lot of room and you don’t do it everyday so it doesn’t need to be center stage.
Once you place them in the back of the cabinet, you can label the front of the cabinet so that you don’t forget that you have 20 cute mason jars waiting for fresh salsa!
You can now place items that are used more frequently towards the front.
OXO Containers are my favorite for dry storage. The containers holding the green snacks are from a brand called Sistema.
As you are re-stocking your pantry, create zones whenever possible. Maybe you can have a baking zone, a breakfast zone, and a snack zone.
I have my baking station right on top of my refrigerator. You can read about it HERE.
I hope these ideas are helpful and can help you custom-organize your pantry to fit your space and lifestyle.
And don’t worry about keeping extra cans of cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberry sauce always turns out and sometimes people don’t even touch it! 😉